Hello and Welcome. Here you will find 8th grade writing worksheets pdfs, plus writing prompt and journal page pdfs.
There are tons of great activities and tools you can use to make sure your eighth-grade students are prepared for high school—but one of the absolute best options is to have them start writing a daily journal.
To help support you in your efforts to provide your kids with the writing skills they need, we offer you the following free writing resources. Some of the resources are writing worksheets and others are printables. We also share a link to one of our favorite writing worksheets resources for eighth-graders.
If you need fun ways to support your kid’s writing skill development, you have come to the right place. We welcome you and hope you enjoy the resources on our blog.
There are some great resources from you here on JournalBuddies.com. So get to it and use these resources with your writers this school year. I think you’ll be glad you did!
8th Grade Writing Worksheets
Enjoy these writing worksheets for 8th Grade printables.
More Free Grade 8 Writing Resources
Writing Prompts for 8th Grade (This is where you can find the prompts from the printable pdf and discover even more great writing information for your grade 8 child.)
When students finally reach eighth grade, they’re ready and eager to move on to the next big challenge that lies ahead: high school. That makes your job as an eighth-grade teacher especially tough! You have to strike the right balance between encouraging them to look ahead and reminding them that they also need to focus on their work this year so that they’re fully prepared to graduate in just a few short months.
Writing is one of the most powerful modes of self-expression, and it is also an incredibly effective way to help your students sort out all of their thoughts and feelings. Best of all, journaling also doubles as extra critical thinking practice and gives your students an additional opportunity to practice their writing skills!
Eighth grade is a confusing and stressful time for many teens, and regular writing and reflecting can help your students better understand their thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
In these brand new journal prompts for eighth-graders, students will consider topics like the greatest challenges facing teens today, the most important lessons they’ve ever learned, and what it means to be an adult.
Eighth graders are also asked to reflect on the merits of class participation and think about how often they experience diversity and different opinions in their own classrooms. As students write, they’ll naturally come around to new ideas and ways of seeing the world—and they’ll feel more prepared for all the new experiences awaiting them in high school
Character Development Printable Worksheet for 8th Graders — Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” is spooky, scary and chilling. It’s also a good way for students to practice analyzing a character. Brought to you by K12reader . com.
Favorite Things and Favorites Writing Prompt Ideas
In addition to the list of writing resources for 8th grade students above, I have this excellent and simple list of journal ideas for you to use in your lesson plans and classroom instruction.
For those reluctant writers, non-writers or just to easily and quickly get students writing, I suggest you use the time-tested favorite writing prompts. They are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort. Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative writing juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.
- Favorite game
- Favorite sport
- Favorite foods
- Favorite place
- Favorite book
- Favorite toy
- Favorite season
- Favorite movie
- Favorite animal
- Favorite pet
- Favorite food
- Favorite Celebrity
- Favorite Birthday party
- Video game
- Sibling (or other relative)
- School subject
- Time of day
- Place to visit
- Past time
- Thing to think about
- Thing to remember
- Silly thing to do
- Place to go
Whew, what a great list of simple and easy ideas for middle school students and junior high kids to write about this year!
Let’s Write Creatively
Creative writing sounds inherently as though it should be easy—after all, the word “creative” expresses a sense of freedom and possibility that other, more restrictive forms of writing don’t have.
However, sometimes the lack of boundaries makes it even more difficult to begin writing. Kids are sometimes confused by assignments that don’t have many rules, and they may struggle to begin writing creatively.
The following five tips get the creativity flowing and encourage kids to think outside the page.
1. Promote New Experiences
Encourage kids to pursue other interests besides writing. While it might seem counter-intuitive that the first creative writing tip suggests doing anything but writing, alternative experiences actually promote greater creativity once students return to their desks. Kids who struggle with writing can find inspiration by enjoying their favorite activities and trying new things.
2. Don’t Worry About Perfection
Perfection is the greatest enemy of creative writers everywhere. When a person writes about things that matter deeply to him or her, it’s only natural to care about the quality of the finished product.
However, people shouldn’t worry about perfection during the early stages of writing.
Junior high students who worry too much about getting a sentence exactly right may become frustrated easily and associate the negativity they feel with writing as a whole. Instead, encourage your kids to write freely at first and to get as many ideas down as possible. They can go back later and correct mistakes during the editing process.
3. Write about What You Love
Though you might be tempted to give students a particular writing assignment, sometimes it’s best to sit back and let them write about whatever they love most.
Encourage your 8th graders to take a general topic and spin it in any direction that interests them. Most kids will have much more to say and will feel more comfortable writing when they are able to discuss familiar and enjoyable topics.
4. Focus on the Senses
Sensory writing is interesting writing—and focusing on the senses can also help students who are struggling to get started. Give your eighth-grade writers a setting or situation and ask them to describe what a character experiences through the lens of the five senses. What does the view look like? What noises does the character hear—shouting or the rustling of leaves? Are there any smells in the air? Can the character taste anything—flavored lip balm or perhaps a delicious apple pie? What is the character touching?
5. Set Small Goals
Small, realistic goals for assignments also help kids who are struggling with creative writing. Encourage kids to write for 10 minutes daily or to compose one or two paragraphs. With an end goal in sight, even students who dislike writing will know what they can expect and will have an easier time completing the task. As students get more comfortable with writing, you can slowly increase the length of assignments—and watch as their creativity increases at the same time.
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Until next time, keep on practicing those writing skills with your eighth-graders…
Journal Buddies Jill
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